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Types of Blood Donors

  There are four main types of blood donors:
  • Autologous donors give blood so that it may be transfused back to him or her during an upcoming surgery.
  • Directed donors donate blood to be transfused to a specific patient. Directed donors can give whole blood, two units of red blood cells or apheresis platelets.
  • Replacement donors give blood to replace the blood used by a patient-a particularly special way for family and friends to show their love and support. Replacement donors play a key role in replenishing the blood supply for the next patient in need of a transfusion.
  • Apheresis donors donate blood platelets. The safe, simple 90-minute process involves separating platelets from the blood using a blood cell separator.